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Westchester May Hire Firm For Hotel Online Tax Lawsuit

The White Plains Residence Inn, one of the many hotels affected by the potential hotel tax lawsuit being considered by Westchester County.
The White Plains Residence Inn, one of the many hotels affected by the potential hotel tax lawsuit being considered by Westchester County. Photo Credit: Marriott.com

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Westchester County is considering separate legal action against travel websites that were allegedly underpaying taxes to local governments, according to lohud.com.

A similar class-action suit was filed in 2013 by 50 municipalities across the state but was reversed after a court ruled that a provision in Nassau County's tax law disqualified the suit from class-action status.

The suit would allege that certain booking sites have been paying a discounted rate in taxes after marking up the price of rooms sold to the public, lohud reported.

Westchester County charges a 3 percent tax on all hotel bookings.

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